Thursday, February 6, 2014
by Native Health
Infertility is the inability to conceive a child within the first year of trying, so while you think you may be infertile, if you are still within a year of trying to conceive, you may not be. Speaking to your doctor is an imperative course of action, but even if the results come back not in you or your partners favor, there are natural ways to help.
Infertility affects many couples and though it’s common, it’s not something they may want to talk about freely. In fact, many couples tend to not even seek professional help for their fertility issues. On average 2.1 million couples face infertility, and while 30-50 percent of infertility is due to the male’s reproductive system, a whopping 50-70 percent of the time it’s due to the woman’s reproductive system.
Some couples start to feel as if they are doomed to failure so they stop being intimate with each other and stop trying to reproduce. Men in particular may have feelings of emasculation and or their letting their partner down. Women will sometimes become very emotional about the fact they cannot conceive and start to feel like a failure for her partner.
Although these feelings are common, they aren’t necessarily valid either, nor will they solve the problem. In-fact you may be closer to fertility than you think, it could be as easy as changing your diet and having intercourse at different times during the month.
A Weighty Issue
Twelve percent of all infertility issues are because a woman weighs too much. Overweight women don’t ovulate properly, making it impossible to conceive. Dropping as little as 5% of your weight, can drastically improve your chances of getting pregnant.
Staying fit is another reason why you may not be pregnant. Many times women stop working out as to not hurt their chances of getting and “staying” pregnant, but the fact is, exercise can help you cope with emotional stressors you may be feeling as you try and conceive.
Slow it Down
Keeping still for 5-10 minutes after intercourse can help you conceive by allowing your partners sperm to stay where it should. Even though most women have been told to get up immediately and go to the restroom after having sex to avoid infection, this isn’t true for those trying to get pregnant.
Say No to Soy
Women trying to get pregnant should lay off the soy products like tofu and soy milk. Soy contains plant estrogens that compete with natural estrogen, throwing off your ovulation schedule.
Take em’ Off
You may have heard this one before but it is true. Men who wear briefs should consider switching to boxers. Even though men may be quite partial to their briefs, they restrict the air flow through the testicles thus decreasing the ability for sperm to fertilize an egg.
Staying out of hot tubs is imperative for healthy sperm production. The hot water kills sperm in the testes, however steam rooms are ok.
Even though it may seem a little unfair that men have fewer restrictions than women, practicing both tips may ensure fertility. Also, be sure to ask your doctor if there are any other fertility tips he/she can give you.
Fertile XX Promotes effective female reproductive system support for fertility
Fertile XY Supports male reproductive system health and normal testosterone levels